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Southwold Lighthouse

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Address: Stradbroke Rd | Centre of The Seaside Resort of Southwold, Southwold, England
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+44 20 7481 6900
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14:00 - 16:00
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Wed 14:00 - 16:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 13:00
14:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Southwold Lighthouse stands in the middle of the historic resort of...

Southwold Lighthouse stands in the middle of the historic resort of Southwold, in the heart of the beautiful Suffolk Heritage Coast. The Lighthouse provides a waymark for vessels navigating the East Coast and guides vessels making for Southwold Harbour.

 

Tours of Southwold Lighthouse are organised by Southwold Millennium Foundation under licence from the Corporation of Trinity House

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Met by our guide Graham, who was punctual, friendly, engaging and knowledgeable. After a brief discussion the 6 of us climbed the 92 stairs. Note, it is high and the stairs are... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Banbury, United Kingdom
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Banbury, United Kingdom
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70 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Met by our guide Graham, who was punctual, friendly, engaging and knowledgeable. After a brief discussion the 6 of us climbed the 92 stairs. Note, it is high and the stairs are well maintained but some may struggle. We went to the working deck for a further discussion before the very vertical stairs to the lighting area. Views great and... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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41 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

guides were delightful and very knowledgeable. Interesting bit of history and of course super views from the top. Stairs to the top are easy, don't let other reviews put you off, but not a good option for the unfit, infirm or those with a physical disability.

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Stevenage, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

I have been coming to Southwold for over 30 years and this is the first time I have ever been up the lighthouse. It was a short and informative tour with an enthusiastic and interesting guide. The 92 steps are not too much hard work and you get a great view of the town and surrounding area. Well worth a... More 

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

A very interesting visit and a great view of Southwold from the top. The stairs are very narrow and quite steep so access to the top is in small groups where you are given the spiel and then let down again as it would be positively dangerous to cross on the stairs. The last floor is reached by what is... More 

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Brentwood, Essex
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

We went up the Lighthouse yesterday with our two kids aged 9 and 6. It was a great way to spend half an hour and our guide Brad was excellent. Views from the top were fabulous and the information was really interesting. Everyone was really friendly including the lady that we bought the tickets from which really made it for... More 

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West Malling, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

We arrived just as the tour had made it to the top so we raced up the many stairs to join them! If you need to take frequent rest stops I would say this is maybe not for you. It was an enjoyable tour because the guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Appropriate for children and adults alike, not too long... More 

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San Diego
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

During the off-season, it is only possible to visit on Sat, Sun and Wed from 2-4pm. I tootled over at about 1.50, only to find that the 2pm tour was already full (folk must have been queuing up much earlier) and I had to buy a ticket for the 2.30 tour. Tours take around 30 mins. They are very informative... More 

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Plymouth
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

Well worth a visit with a friendly enthusiastic presentation. Lots of history provided and fab views - weather permitting. Must be able to climb stairs. Think the town could make it a local keep fit past time!

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Did not realize the lighthouse was right in the middle of houses but we managed to get a few pictures.

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

Although you are able to visit, unfortunately we ran on of time, thanks to the range of little shops an market nearby. That said it was fascinating to get close to a lighthouse without the water, the dangers beeping the traffic. Plenty of material to read about. Interesting would be worth a visit

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